2022 National Championship Competitor Profiles

The following contestant profiles were compiled by Steeple Bell.  We appreciate his effort to provide the interesting "backstory" on this year's competitors.

Coldwater Thunder

Coldwater Thunder, who was last year's champion, is returning for her fifth year. This eight year old; white, liver, and ticked pointer bitch has completed a three hour run every year that she has competed here. Though she didn't need to re-qualify, she garnered a runner-up at the Missouri Open Championship last spring. She is by Coldwater Warrior out of Thunder Bess, and was bred by Gary McKibben. Steve Hurdle will be handling Lulu for her cadre of owners; Doug Arthur, Billy Blackwell, and David and Rachel Russell

Dominators Rogue Rebel

Dominator's Rogue Rebel is a rookie contestant who qualified with first places at this year's Lee County (Georgia) Open All-Age and the 2020 American Quail Classic. Tip is a white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who is four years old. Bred by Scott Turner, he is by Just Watch out of Erin's Galway Girl. Tip is owned by Jack and Sarah Schwartz and will be handled by Jamie Daniels.

Dream Chaser

Dream Chaser will be making his rookie year run this year, although he qualified last year and was scratched from the competition. Chaser is a five year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer dog. He garnered two second places this past year to re-qualify, at the Cecil Proctor Open All-Age and the North Dakota Open All-Age Classic. Chaser was bred by David Hendricks, and is by Pleasant Run Bob out of House's Wild Bess Again. Andy Daugherty will be handling Chaser for Brad Calkins.

Game Heir

Game Heir is this year's youngest contestant. He won the Georgia Derby Championship and the Prairie Open All-Age to qualify. His record also includes a runner-up at the American Derby Invitational Championship and a third place at the Kentucky Lake Open All-Age. The white, orange, and ticked Jake is now still two years old. Bred, owned, and handled by Dr. Fred Corder, Jake is sired by Dominator's Rebel Heir and has Game Snow as his dam.

Game Wardon

Game Wardon returns for his fourth year, having recently won on these grounds at the Hobart Ames Memorial Open All-Age trial. Bill also won two runner-ups at the National Pheasant and International Pheasant Championships. Bill is a five year old, white liver, and ticked pointer dog who is by Caladen's Rail Hawk out of Game Creek. Game Wardon is owned, was bred by, and will be handled by Dr. Fred Corder.

Hendrix's Touch Up

Hendrix's Touch Up is a white and orange, five year old pointer dog making his rookie appearance this year having qualified with a first place at the Buck Tuck Open All-Age in 2019 and at the Lynn Taylor Open All-Age Classic (Carroll County). He took three runner-up titles between his qualifying wins, at the Alabama Championship and twice at the Southern Field Trial Championship. Hank was bred by David Hendricks and is by Pleasant Run Bob out of House's Wild Bess Again. He is owned by Guy and Burke Hendrix, and will be handled by Burke.

Lester's Boss Man

Lester's Boss Man is a rookie contestant having qualified as a derby with wins at the All-America Derby and National Derby Championships. Don has since won two firsts in his first year as an all-age dog at the Sunflower Open All-Age Classic and at the SoLaTex Cajun Classic. This three year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog was sired by the two-time National Champion Lester's Sunny Hill Jo. He was bred by Dan Crunk and his dam is D J's Miss Betty. Don is owned by David Thompson and will be handled by Gary Lester.

Lester's Shock Wave

Lester's Shockwave has re-qualified for his third year (but this is his second year to run since he was scratched last year) with numerous placements, most notably with runner-ups at the Quail Championship Invitational and Southland Championships. Bud is a four year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog who was sired by Ransom and is out of Beane's Line Dancer. He was bred by Derek Bonner, is owned by Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton, and will be handled by Gary Lester.

Lester's Storm Surge

Lester's Storm Surge re-qualified for his second year with three championships wins, two first and a second placement. His championships were at the International Pheasant, the All-America Quail, and most recently at the Georgia Quail Championship. Chip is a white, orange, and ticked, four year old pointer dog. Bred by Derek Bonner, he is by Ransom out of Beane's Line Dancer. Chip is handled by Gary Lester for his owners, Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton.

Lowrider Frank

Lowrider Frank returns for his third year having re-qualified with a first at the Cecil Proctor Open All-Age and his second win of the Southland Championship. This nine year old, white and liver pointer dog also had four other placements this season. He completed a three hour run last year. Frank is by Miller's Happy Jack out of Fairchase Jiggs, and was bred by Tom Woods. Allen Vincent will be handling Frank for his owners, Dr. Jim Mills and Steve Lightle.

Marques Armed Robber

Marques Armed Robber won the United States Open Championship to re-qualify for his third year. Sam is a seven year old, white liver, and ticked pointer dog. He has won two previous championships, both endurance stakes, the Southern Field Trial Championship and the National Free For All Championship. Bred by Jim Pendergest, he is sired by Reloaded and out of Dialed In. Robert (Lefty) Henry will be handling Sam for his owners John and Susan Ivester.

Miller's Blindsider

Miller's Blindsider is a white, orange, and ticked pointer dog who is returning for his second year. This five year old re-qualified with a win at the Sunshine (Fla) FTC Open All-Age, a second at the Blackbelt (Ala) Classic, and a third at the Lynn Taylor (Carrolll County) Classic. Bred by Fran and Jack Miller, he was sired by Just Irresistible and is out of Miller's Bring The Heat. Jamie Daniels will be handling Sam for his owner Nick Berrong.

Miller's Speed Dial

Miller's Speed Dial, the 2020 National Champion did not run last year, so this will be his third year to compete. Joe re-qualified with a runner-up at the Kentucky Open All-Age Championship, and more recently won the Georgia Quail Championship. This six year old, white and orange pointer dog has completed the three hours in all of his previous runs here. Joe is by the National Champion Miller's Dialing In, out of Old Road Lou, and was bred by Wallace Sessions. He is owned and handled by Gary Lester.

Miss Stylin Sue

Miss Stylin Sue is a six year old rookie contestant. This white and liver pointer bitch has qualified with first places at the Stillwater Open All-Age and the Pelican State Open All-Age. She has earned nine other placements in qualifying trials in her career. She was bred by Doug Arthur and was sired by Ransom and was out of Coldwater Snow. Sue is owned by Dr. Jim Mills and Steve Lightle, and will be handled by Allen Vincent.

Quickmarksman's Dan

Quickmarksman's Dan first qualifying win came back in 2018 at the North Carolina Open All-Age, and he was this year's winner of the Kentucky Open Championship. Dan is a white, liver, and ticked pointer dog making his rookie appearance here. He is owned by Sam Starnes and Larry Earls. Larry was also his breeder. Dan is by Quickmarksman's Tony out of Witt's Snow Angel. Mike Hester will be handling this seven year old.

Stash The Cash

Stash The Cash originally qualified with wins at the Kentucky Lake Open All-Age and Southern Field Trial Championship, but he did not run last year. Cash has re-qualified with a placement at the Hoyle Eaton Memorial Open All-Age (formerly known as the Hell Creek, Miss, OAA). Cash is a white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who is owned by David Thompson and Tommy Loid. David was also his breeder and he is by Skyfall out of Miller's White Wall. Gary Lester will be handling this five year old rookie.

Touch's Fire Away

Touch's Fire Away gained his first qualifying win back in 2019 at the Inola Open All-Age and completed his qualification with a first at the Missouri Open All-Age last spring. The recent winner of the Alabama Championship, earlier this fall Mike was named runner-up at the Mid-America Open Championship and champion at the Quail Championship Invitational. This rookie is days from his fifth birthday. Mike was bred by Keith Wright and was sired by House's Ring Of Fire out of Touch's Maswood Anne. Randy Anderson will handle this white, orange, and ticked pointer dog for his owners, Greg and Carmen Adams.

Touch's Gallatin Fire

Touch's Gallatin Fire has re-qualified for his fourth year with a second place at the Dixie Open All-Age Classic, a first at the Robin Gates Quail Classic (formerly known as the Blue Grass Quail Classic), and a runner-up at the United States Open Championship. Bob is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog bred by Keith Wright. He is by House's Ring Of Fire out of Touch's Sandy. Mark McLean will handle Bob for his owners Alex and Brianna Rickert.

Touch's Malcolm Story

Touch's Malcolm Story returns for his third year, having completed a three hour run last year. Big has re-qualified having won the Western Open All-Age Championship and the Southeastern Championship, being named runner-up at the Tarheel Open Championship and the Masters Open Quail Championship, along with a first place at the Blackbelt (Ala) Open All-Age. This six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog was bred by Keith Wright. He was sired by Touch's Knight Rider and his dam was Blackhawk's Sunflower. Mark McLean will handle Big for his owners Alex and Brianna Rickert.

Westfall's River Ice

Westfall's River Ice is a seven year old, white, black, and ticked pointer dog returning for his fifth year. Bud has re-qualified with first places at the Heartland and Kansas Prairie Open All-Age trials, and also notched a second place at the Still Water Open All-Age. He was bred by William P Westfall and is by Westfall's Black Ice out of Westfall's Quick Gold. Brad Calkins is the owner of Bud, who will be handled by Andy Daugherty.

Westfall's True Grit

Westfall's True Grit returns for his fifth year having re-qualified with a first place at the Preston Trimble Memorial Open All-Age (formerly known as the Region 8 Championship Association OAA) and a win at the Mid-America Championship. Jack is a white, liver, and ticked pointer dog sired by Erin's Braveheart out of Westfall's Irish Bell. Jack's owner and breeder is Ryan Westfall. Andy Daugherty will be handling this six year old contestant.

Whippoorwill Justified

Whippoorwill Justified was named the 2016 National Champion the first year that he ran here,  and is returning for his fifth run after being absent the past two years. He has re-qualified this year with a second place at the Lynn Taylor Open All-Age Classic (Carroll County). Patch is now nine years old. He was bred by Bob Wathall and is by National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Sparkles. Ronnie Spears is the owner of this white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who will be handled by Larry Huffman.

Woodville's Yukon Cornelius

Woodville's Yukon Cornelius is this year's sole setter contestant. This rookie won the first leg of his qualifying at the West Tennessee Open All-Age last spring and the second at the National Free For All Championship. He was also runner-up at the Florida Championship and second place at the Sunshine (Fla) FTC Open All-Age. Rudy is a five year old, white, black, tan and ticked setter dog who was bred by Ross Callaway. He is by Caladen's DaVinci (formerly Merrit's Leo) out of A Tarheel Miss Bo. Mark McLean will handle Rudy for his owners Carl and Ashley Owens.